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Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Lubanga tells ICC judges that he was a peacemaker and not a warlord.

Interview with Jakob Kellenberger, head of the ICRC, in which he confirms a view that the rules of NIAC need to be developed.

Colombia approves a new law which sets out the guidelines for more talks with the FARC and ELN. See commentary from HRW on this Legal Framework for Peace bill.

Interesting piece on Syria showing how courts are operating in rebel held territory.

Upcoming live seminar on engaging with armed groups by Harvard University’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. The seminar will take place on 26th June at 9.30am-11am Boston time (15.30-17.00 Amsterdam time).

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